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Dogasu's Backpack | Rants | Happy Anniversary! (Year Seventeen)
Posted February 1st, 2017
I had a surprising revelation the other day.
This year, Dogasu’s Backpack celebrates 17 years on the Internet. Seventeen years is a long time, especially in Internet time, but it's not one of the "big" anniversaries, right?
Well, I made my first post to the website on January 31st, 2000. I was 17 years old at the time. I am now 34.
Which means that, from today onward, I will have been running my silly little Pocket Monsters website for literally half my life.
How in the world am I supposed to feel about that?
Part of me is, of course, beaming with pride. Through my website I’ve been able to learn a great deal about not just Pokemon but about Japan and the Japanese language in general. I’ve gotten to introduce fans from all over the world to the Japanese version of the TV series and have met many great people, both online and off, thanks entirely to Dogasu's Backpack. I've gotten to watch myself grow from an annoying kid who didn't really know what the hell he was talking about and who would spend entire news posts talking about Gundam Wing or Rurouni Kenshin for some reason to a more experienced, mature (at least I'd like to think so) person who actually knows what the hell he's talking about most of the time.
Of course when you spend half your life doing anything it feels a little weird. I mean, half your life? Is that even close to being OK? Shouldn't you have quit years ago and moved on with your life?
The thing is, I'm still enjoying working on this site so why not continue? I've said this before but I'll say it again; if the franchise were to come to a screeching halt tomorrow - no more video games, no more animation, no more manga, nothing - I would still have a good 20 years' worth of updates left in me. There are just so many things about the franchise that are still waiting to be discovered and I love doing the work needed to uncover them. Continuing to do something I like is absolutely fine.
Something else I like to do is make predictions about what I think the next year has in store for us in terms of Pocket Monsters. So what do I think 2017 has in store for us?
I don't have any manga predictions because unfortunately I've fallen way behind on the various series that were released in Japan on 2016. Maybe I'll be able to catch up in 2017?
Finally! I'd like to tease a big project that I'm planning to launch on April 1st for the show's 20th anniversary. It's something that visitors of this site have been requesting for years and so I know that when I post the first part on April 1st that a lot of people will be like "fucking finally!" I hope you enjoy that as well as all the other content I have coming in 2017!!
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